How does Lyme effect the brain?

Lyme Disease and Its Effects on the Brain


Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the Borrelia bacterium. Lyme disease can be transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, and other blood-sucking insects, but there are other ways in which the bacterium that causes Lyme disease can be transmitted as well. These include:

  1. Mother-to-child transmission: Lyme disease can be transmitted from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy or delivery.
  2. Sexual transmission: Lyme disease can be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person.
  3. Blood transfusions: In rare cases, Lyme disease can be transmitted through blood transfusions from an infected donor.
  4. Transplantation of infected tissues: The bacterium that causes Lyme disease can be transmitted through the transplantation of infected tissues, such as bone marrow or organs.

To reduce the risk of infection, it is recommended to take precautions against tick bites, such as using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, and checking for ticks regularly.

While it can affect different parts of the body, it can also have a significant impact on the brain and central nervous system. In this article, we will discuss the effects of Lyme disease on the brain and how it can lead to various neurological symptoms.

  1. Cognitive Impairment: Lyme disease can cause cognitive impairment, including memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and confusion. These symptoms are often referred to as “Lyme brain” and can be severe enough to affect daily activities and quality of life.
  2. Depression and Anxiety: Lyme disease can also cause mood swings, depression, and anxiety. This can be due to the impact of the infection on the brain and the body’s response to it.
  3. Sleep Disorders: Patients with Lyme disease often suffer from sleep disturbances, including insomnia and sleep apnea. This can further exacerbate neurological symptoms and affect overall health and well-being.
  4. Headaches and Migraines: Lyme disease can cause headaches and migraines, which can be debilitating and interfere with daily activities.

Facial Palsy: Facial palsy, or facial nerve damage, is a common neurological symptom of Lyme disease. It can cause temporary or permanent weakness of the facial muscles, leading to difficulty speaking, eating, and smiling.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2021). Lyme Disease. Retrieved from

In conclusion, Lyme disease can have a significant impact on the brain and central nervous system. If left untreated, it can lead to chronic and potentially debilitating neurological symptoms. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent long-term complications and improve patient outcomes. If you suspect that you may have Lyme disease, it is important to seek medical attention and get tested.

There are things you can do to help prevent and even reverse these issues. Diet, lifestyle, and lowering your toxin burden on your brain and body are a few things that will help lower inflammation in the brain. 

My cognitive function was declining rapidly and it became very scary.  I got very proactive and within about six months was almost at a complete recovery when it came to my brain.

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